From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Thu Mar 13 12:44:29 MDT 2014

Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

Should Pulitzer board reward Snowden leaks. Report: The eight laws Swallow broke. Okerlund to remain in hospital.

Happy Thursday. Should The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald walk away with a Pulitzer prize for reporting on the National Security Agency leaks by Edward Snowden, or should the prize board look elsewhere since the documents were clearly stolen and Snowden faces felony charges for his act? That's the question the Pulitzer board faces next month. [Politico]

Topping the news: The House committee that investigated former AG John Swallow says he hung a "For Sale" sign on the office door and identified several ways that he possibly broke the law. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4] [CityWeekly] Here are some key finding of the report. [Trib]

-> The eight laws that Swallow may have violated. [Trib]

-> Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund suffered an apparent heart attack during meeting with legislative leaders. He is doing well in the hospital and it is unlikely he will be on the Hill today. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [ABC4] [UtahPolicy]

-> Attorneys delivered arguments in the case challenging Utah's decision to not recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]

Tweet of the day: From @SpencerJCox: "Some guys will do anything to get out of the session early! SO grateful that my Senator-@RalphOkerlund-is 'alert, stable and joking.'"

Happy Birthday: To friend of Cornflakes Jeff Robinson.

On the Hill: Today is the last day of the session, until, of course, they call a special session. Today's schedule [Trib]

-> The Zion Curtain is staying up. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Legislation requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments is one step away from the governor's office. [Trib]

-> The Senate passed two reform bills that came out of the Swallow investigation. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the "Swallow Effect." [Trib]

-> The House passed a bill to reform USTAR and it now heads to the governor. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]

-> A proposal to use private funds to pay for preschool for at-risk kids passed the Senate. [Trib] [DNews] [CityWeekly]

-> Legislation allowing schools to teach children about sexual abuse heads to the governor's desk. [Trib] [Herald] [KUER] [Fox13]

-> Lawmakers increased public education funding by $168 million. [DNews]

-> Lawmakers also allotted $50 million to help even out funding between colleges. [KUER]

-> A plan to help fund a new convention center hotel in down town Salt Lake City now awaits the governor's signature. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House passed a bill to create a commission in charge of finding a new location for the Utah state prison. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Senate made cuts to three clean air bills before passing them. [Trib]

-> The Senate killed a bill allowing grandparents to petition for visitation rights in circumstances in which parental rights have been terminated. [Trib]

-> Legislation clarifying that carrying a gun does not alone constitute disorderly conduct passed the Senate. [Trib]

-> The Senate passed a proposal requiring all state and local agencies to designate one of their employees to receive federalism training every other year. [Trib]

-> Bryan Schott says Gov. Gary Herbert won the battle with Speaker Becky Lockhart and walks away from the session stronger. [UtahPolicy] Schott and Bernick talk about that and other items as the session comes to a close. [UtahPolicy]

-> A bill renaming the highway where Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride died after the fallen officer is on its way to the governor. [Trib] [DNews]

In other news: The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the first woman from Utah to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Trib]

-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist says he doesn't plan to challenge Rep. Chris Stewart. [UtahPolicy]

-> The cafeteria worker who tossed the school lunches for students behind on their tabs at Uintah Elementary speaks out for the first time, saying she was only doing what she was told. [Trib]

-> A judge threw out a lawsuit claiming that the EPA has been too lenient on Utah's failure to implement air pollution plans on time. [Trib]

Nationally: Democrats may have lost a special election in Florida because of low turn out, or that their get-out-the-vote machine is rusty and putting their Senate majority in danger. [WaPost]

-> Or maybe it was ads tying Democratic candidate Alex Sink to the Affordable Care Act, a bad sign for Democrats. [NYTimes]

-> President Barack Obama is expected to announce changes to strengthen federal overtime protections for workers. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz hits the Aspen Institute breakfast, an NRCC leadership meeting, a Judiciary hearing, conducts an Oversight hearing called "Status of US Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan in Anticipation of the US Troop Withdrawal" and attends an evening fundraiser.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart goes to a breakfast on the subject of Ukraine and the implications for U.S. policy, questions Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee hearing, meets with the Utah State Boards of Education, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association and hits a dinner with Bill Gates.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox meets with legislators.
  • President Barack Obama speaks and signs a presidential memorandum on modernizing overtime protections.

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